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Harvesting Peas

At last the time has come for my favourite job in the garden  –  harvesting peas. Did I mention I love peas? Actually, I might have mentioned planting peas in raised beds here and I might have talked about growing peas here. At the moment I have more of a mouthful than a pan-full but I […]

RAGWORT

A MARE’S WHAT? Part of this coming bank holiday weekend is going to be dedicated to a certain Ragwort; AKA St. James-wort, Ragweed, Stinking Nanny/Ninny/Willy, Staggerwort, Dog Standard, Cankerwort, Stammerwort, or the equally charming Mare’s Fart. Here and now in Ireland we think of Ragwort as a horrible weed, toxic, allergy causing and a pain in […]

Butterflies in Galway

We haven’t been seeing too many butterflies in Galway this year but I am glad to say that lately they seem to be making a return. I see plenty of them fluttering around the garden but for some strange reason I also seem to be finding a lot of butterflies in the house. The one above […]

Yellow Butterfly

Last year we had a beautiful summer here in Galway Bay. Did I really just say that about Galway? If you’ve ever been to Galway you’ll know we have a lot of rain and grey skies. One day I noticed a lovely earthy smell in the air and it made me want to get out […]

GROWING PEAS

I should say something more about peas. If you’re following this you’ll already know I’ve talked about growing peas in raised beds as well.  A friend looked around my garden the other day and asked me if I went to bed dreaming about peas – well no, but I do like them and I suppose […]

Broad beans

Last year I planted loads of broad beans and they grew very well and tasted delicious. I didn’t do anything particular, beyond planting the beans in the ground in straightish rows and supporting them with branches I gathered while out walking.. They were lovely and tasty with very little effort. This year is different. At […]

Slug and egg

Here we are at July 15th already – we’re in Galway Bay and it hasn’t rained for two whole weeks. If you’ve never been to Galway you won’t know how amazing that is but for those of us who live here it feels like a glorious sunny dream. The weather has been dry and hot […]

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